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Poster: ducats Date: May 10, 2007 12:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ummm, is this legal?

he did'nt think of it as work - remember him saying something along the lines of "shit, I get paid for this"?

he was a junkie - so what - why judge him on it - which I'm not saying you're doing just pointing out I don't believe he was escaping work

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: May 10, 2007 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ummm, is this legal?

Maybe he didn't see it as work in quite the same way as I or you think of work, but it was still what he did to pay the bills, and to pay the bills for a lot of other people who depended on him. And he knew that there were thousands of people ready to queue up to see him perform and there was that huge weight of expectation, that he had to stand there and produce something to keep them all happy. He turned up to work night after night and gave us what we wanted. Maybe it was that weight he was trying to escape.

I don't really have a clue what was in the man's mind. And just so you know - I'm not judging him, just wish he'd had a friend who could have shown him another way.

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Poster: BryanE Date: May 10, 2007 9:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ummm, is this legal?

Who's judging him? Not me. But it was very unsettling for me to learn that a man whom I admired so much for being so incredibly gifted, intelligent, and articulate could also allow himself to fall prey to heroin. Drug and alcohol addiction is a grievous, destructive syndrome, and it hurt to know that Jerry was swallowed up by it.